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On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Running the Babine and Skeena rivers to Hazelton: Part 1

Tom recounts his adventure floating the Babine and Skeena rivers

  • Oct 20, 2022
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
Phishing emails seem to be dropping off recently. (Image by Tumisu/Pixabay)

But what’s going to boost my ego now?

Email money offers trailing off

Phishing emails seem to be dropping off recently. (Image by Tumisu/Pixabay)
Reindeer lichen (Cladina mitis) at Skilokis Ridge. (Jim Pojar photo)

The Nature Nut

Rosamund Pojar

  • Oct 20, 2022
Reindeer lichen (Cladina mitis) at Skilokis Ridge. (Jim Pojar photo)
Voters mark their civic election ballots at a polling station in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CAMERON: Boosting 2022 local election turnout in B.C. unlikely

‘One reason cited for the low turnout is the peculiar nature of local elections’

Voters mark their civic election ballots at a polling station in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Keon Hatcher (4) fails to make the reception in the end zone as Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Brandon Alexander (37) defends and Desmond Lawrence (46) watches during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Keon Hatcher (4) fails to make the reception in the end zone as Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Brandon Alexander (37) defends and Desmond Lawrence (46) watches during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev, of Russia, skates during the NHL hockey team’s training camp in Whistler, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Canucks adopt philosophy of making a good offence their best defence

Unable to fix the blueline, Vancouver looks to outscore the opposition

Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev, of Russia, skates during the NHL hockey team’s training camp in Whistler, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Yellow Witch’s Hair lichen (Alectoria sarmentosa) growing in the Babine Mountains. (Jim Pojar photo)

The Nature Nut

Rosamund Pojar

  • Oct 13, 2022
Yellow Witch’s Hair lichen (Alectoria sarmentosa) growing in the Babine Mountains. (Jim Pojar photo)
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

New to You not new to the Bulkley Valley

The roots of the thrift store organization go back a century

  • Oct 13, 2022
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Maple? Meh. Does that make me a bad Canadian?

Thom muses about flavours and history while cooking Thanksgiving breakfast

For your consideration - Thom Barker
Daresay - Deb Meissner

The democratic process takes the night, happily

No golden key in politics, Deb muses, you are the answer

Daresay - Deb Meissner
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Lions path to clinching 2nd place not as tough as you might think

Winnipeg will be relaxed, resting starters and less focused for two remaining tilts

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith reacts after his 8-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

THE MOJ: Don’t be surprised if Geno Smith keeps the Seahawks soaring

Many factors allowing former journeyman to shine in starter’s role

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith reacts after his 8-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Aspen trees. (Wikimedia Commons/Tyler Finvold)
Aspen trees. (Wikimedia Commons/Tyler Finvold)
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Agree or disagree, but leave election signs alone

Tom laments the vandalism occurring to election signs in Smithers

On the Ropes - Tom Roper
Daresay - Deb Meissner
Daresay - Deb Meissner
The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker

September stats could have been a moment of learning

Marisca ponders statutory holidays, and which ones should be days off

The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Reality demands a healthy dose of humility

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full…

For your consideration - Thom Barker
About 17 per cent of British Columbians are currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (File photo)

COLUMN: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and PTSD

I always thought only those who were in a war had PTSD. I was wrong.

About 17 per cent of British Columbians are currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (File photo)
Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser lines up for a faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Pre-season for any professional sports team is a time for optimism

It’s what happens during the start of the regular season that actually matters

Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser lines up for a faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(courtesy B.C. Lions)

THE MOJ: A Rourke return for the Lions? Let’s call it a long shot with a shot

Still a faint hope that B.C.’s quarterback sensation could be back in time for the playoffs

(courtesy B.C. Lions)